At Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, we constantly look and research emerging technologies that will help our patients recover and re-intergrate into society. The following technologies are examples of some of the most advanced methods available that we integrate into your rehabilitation program:

VitalStim® Therapy

LSVT® BIG and LOUD Therapy


Bioness® L300 Foot Drop System

VitalStim® Therapy

VitalStim® can help patients with Dysphagia.

Dysphagia is defined as difficulty with swallowing. It can occur as a result of a stroke or other neurological disease, normal aging or after a long period of inactivity. An estimated 15 million adults in the US currently suffer from dysphagia.

In the last few years, new treatment options have become available – especially the use of electrical stimulation. This exciting treatment tool, VitalStim® Therapy, is showing good outcomes in most patients with relatively few treatments. It is simple for certified clinicians to administer and is pain free for the patient.

Who Is A Typical Patient?

Typical patent categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Those that experienced a stroke
  • Head and neck cancer (post radiation) and/or surgery
  • De-conditioning as a result of age or co-morbidity
  • Various neuromuscular disease processes (e.g., Parkinson’s, ALS, etc.)

Am I A Candidate For VitalStim® Therapy?

If you show signs of aspiration or have difficulty managing your diet, you may be a candidate for dysphagia therapy. Look for one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Coughing/clearing throat after swallowing
  • Abnormal volitional cough
  • Decreased voice quality (wet, hoarse, weak)
  • Recurring chest infections
  • Multiple swallows or special maneuvers required to clear throat
  • Difficulty completing a meal
  • Feeling of food being stuck in the throat
  • Modified diet required (thickening, pureeing food; soft solids)
  • Difficulty initiating a swallow
  • Spilling food or liquid from lips and/or drooling

LSVT® BIG and LOUD Therapy

Now providing treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) Big and Loud Therapy to empower those living with Parkinson's disease to move and speak better. Declining vocal strength, muffled speech and difficulty swallowing create problems with communication and eating. Patients also often experience tremors, slow movement, impaired balance and stiffness. But there is good news – studies have proven patients with Parkinson's disease at any stage can benefit from intensive rehabilitation.

  • LSVT® can help people with other conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, multiple systems atrophy, cerebral palsy.
  • LSVT® Big and Loud is especially effective soon after the disease is diagnosed.


LSVT® is an effective treatment program that's proven to help individuals living with Parkinson's disease, giving them new hope for improved communication and movement for work, family and social activities. The method was developed following rigorous research funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Physical therapists or occupational therapists use LSVT Big to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson's disease. Therapists work with individuals to improve major motor skills, like walking, arm and leg movement, balance, and hand skills such as writing.


Speech-language pathologists improve vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a series of loud exercises. Therapy does not train people to shout or yell – rather it trains a healthy louder voice with no strain.

For more information call Janie Bush, Speech Therapist, at 972-708-8600


LiteGait® is a gait training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels.

LiteGait® provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement. Its unique harness design not only permits unilateral or bilateral support allowing progression of the weight-bearing load from non-to-full weight bearing, but also allows the clinician to manually assist the legs and pelvis to achieve proper gait patterns.

  • Assist Posture, Balance and Weight Bearing
  • Prevent Excessive Rotation
  • Facilitate Hip Flexor Tension
  • Differential Control of Right vs. Left Side
  • Mobile Design Goes from Room to Room
  • Train Gait under Fall-Free Conditions
  • Frees Therapist to Facilitate Walking
  • Wide Range of Patient Sizes and Impairments
  • Lift Patients of All Sizes from Sit to Stand
  • Fall-Free, Supported Walking

Bioness® L300 Foot Drop System

The Bioness® L300 is the first FES Foot Drop System that is low profile, wireless and easy to use.

The L300 may help patients regain function for foot drop associated with:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Beyond producing a more normal gait, the Bioness® L300 may help:

  • Reeducate muscles to function without the system
  • Prevent or retard muscle atrophy
  • Maintain or increase joint range or motion
  • Increase local blood flow

Recent clinical study showed that the Bioness® L300 offers significant improvements when compared to walking without it! An 8 week study of 15 patients who used an AFO showed that the L300 significantly improved stride time compared to an AFO and 100% of the patients in this study preferred the L300 to their AFO.

For more information click here or call us now at 972-708-8600